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Crazy Laws Out of Washington State

May 11, 2015

Bigfoot Outdoors

Most of the time, the law acts as a security blanket that helps everyone sleep a little better at night. However, there are times when the law is something of a nuisance, and still other times when it’s laughably absurd. Below are some laws that fall into the latter category. Washington State—named for the first American president—has plenty of laws that will make you scratch your head.

Harassing Bigfoot

In Skamania County, Washington, it is illegal to hunt, kill, or otherwise harass Bigfoot or any other hitherto undiscovered species. Really, the words “Bigfoot” and “Sasquatch” appear in the actual statute. Though the law was coincidentally passed on April 1st, it’s no joke. Anyone caught wantonly slaying or harassing Bigfoot could face a fine of up to $100,000 and/or up to 10 years in prison. If you happen to see Bigfoot in Washington State, give a respectful nod and continue on your way.

Pretending One’s Parents Are Rich

They say you should always be yourself. In Washington, however, this isn’t just apt life advice, it’s the law. Apparently it’s illegal to claim that you have rich parents. So how rich can you say your parents are before the eye of the law finds you? It’s unclear, but it’s probably best not to test it. The next time someone asks for an accurate estimate of your parents’ net worth, think very carefully.

Dancing and Drinking Simultaneously

For many people, dancing is not possible without first having a drink. Well, these folks are certainly out of luck if they happen to visit Lynden, Washington. Those caught drinking and dancing at the same time may need to face the music—and not in a fun way. Look at it this way—maybe the city magistrate enacted the law to prevent people from spilling their drinks.

Check out our past blog posts to learn about other ridiculous laws around the country. If you or someone you love is accused of a crime here in Arizona, contact the law office of Janet Altschuler. Our Tucson law office is equipped to handle all sorts of criminal cases, from DUI to juvenile crimes.

This article is part of a collection of The Most Ridiculous Laws in the United States! Some of these laws are downright hard to believe. Do you know what might be illegal in your state?